First full-service grocery store coming to downtown Syracuse: Syracuse Cooperative Market

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Coming in Fall of 2020! The Salt City Market is being built in Syracuse on the corner of South Salina Street and West Onondaga Street. It’ll have ten different food stalls and a grocery store.

Just announced this week, the grocery store will be an expansion of the Syracuse Cooperative Market operating in Westcott.

“We’d like a co-op in every neighborhood in Syracuse that wants one,” said Jeremy DeChario, the General Manager for the Syracuse Cooperative Market.

For 45 years, the people of Westcott have been running an organic and natural food store. Each member pays a fee and then shops there, putting the money back into the community to keep it running.

“We’ve known for a long time that expansion is the goal to broaden our reach and to make the co-op just able to serve a broader community,” DeChario said.

The Syracuse co-op in Westcott is staying put, but they’re opening up a new location in downtown Syracuse as part of the Salt City Market. It’ll be 50% bigger and offer more affordable produce.

“The goal is really to make sure that when you walk into either location, you have the same positive customer service experience and sense of community that you would, that we expect to deliver,” DeChario said.

Their Westcott location is small and the building has been around since the 20’s. On top of that, it’s not handicap accessible. Keeping walkability and those things in mind, the co-op found the Salt City Market.

It’s a space expected to be built by the Fall of 2020 and they wanted in.

“That presented us an opportunity to serve, A. an underserved community, B. for us to work with some really great organizations we think are doing great work, and C., to be associated with what we think is going to become the hub or sort of food culture in downtown,” said John Craddock, Vice President of the co-op Board of Directors.

The Syracuse co-op is looking to hire 15 to 20 people to work in their downtown location. It’s expected to open up in the Spring of 2021.


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